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07/03/2015  : Parish Council Responses

Please see below links to the Parish Council responses to the Brentwood Borough Council consultations on: 

Dunton Garden Suburb


Strategic Growth Options


C2C have now published their final report on their 2015 timetable, a copy of which can be found here.

A key concern for West Horndon residents was the loss of services starting from Laindon, together with the overall reduction in forecasted available seats at West Horndon.  This appears to have been an issue picked up through the consultation responses, albeit unfortunately due to sheer numbers at Laindon vs. West Horndon, it has primarily seen C2C looking to increase the number of trains stopping at Laindon.  They have proposed 2 Laindon starter trains (06.33 and 07.05), however just 1 of these will stop at West Horndon.

Overall, whilst the service levels should remain the same if not slightly more frequent than what we at West Horndon experience today, C2C accept that there will be fewer available seats on those trains stopping at both West Horndon and Upminster.

Whilst C2C have clearly taken the feedback onboard, the final timetable, in its current form, does look to be a step back for West Horndon commuters.  The consultation is now closed, and C2C plan to introduce the revised timetable in December.  West Horndon Parish Council will be contacting our local C2C contact to express our disappointment at the impact on West Horndon commuters from these changes.


The Parish Council continues to work hard behind the scenes to fight excessive development in and around West Horndon.  Following a further very positive and supportive meeting today with our MP Eric Pickles, we were informed that the request for an extension of time for the Strategic Growth Options Consultation was turned down, but agreement was given for us to submit a supplementary response based on new and additional information becoming available.

This afternoon we submitted a letter to the Chief Executive at Brentwood Borough Council confirming this and reserving the right of a supplementary response from not just the Parish Council, but also our residents.

A copy of the letter can be found here.



Brentwood Borough Council have published their latest bulletin covering an update on the LDP.  In particular, it covers the two live consultations, and some important FAQs.  A link to the bulletin can be found here.


After a long and distinguished period serving as a member of West Horndon Parish Council, a founding member, and more recently Vice Chairman, Chris Price has decided to retire from his role as parish councillor.  His resignation was accepted at our January 2015 meeting.  Chris has contributed greatly to the West Horndon community over his time as parish councillor, a contribution we are extremely grateful for.  We wish him all the best in his retirement from the council.

Cllr Colin Foan has been elected as Vice Chairman following Chris' resignation.


At our January 2015 meeting, West Horndon Parish Council were pleased to fill our two vacancies with two new councillors: Cllr Damien Biggs and Cllr Mark Abel.  Contact details can be found in our Parish Council section of this website.


We appreciate that many residents have been awaiting some guidance from WHPC on the current Brentwood Borough Council development consultations - the delay in getting a formal note to residents has been led by the complexity of issues at hand, and our desire to make sure our final guidance is as effective and easy to follow as possible.  A note to all residents should be in circulation within the next week.

In the meantime, we would urge all residents to look at the consultations (available here: http://www.brentwood.gov.uk/index.php?cid=694).  The key issues for West Horndon can be summarised as:

- Brentwood expect to need 5,500 new houses over the next 15 years.  Available brownfield sites can only cover 2,500 of these.  The housing need has increased since LDP1 discussed summer 2013 (Brentwood are now looking to meet 100% of housing need to ensure the LDP is robust - previously this was not the case).

- Brentwood are focusing on the "A127 Corridor" to take a significant proportion of these new houses.  Rationale being greater development capacity versus the north of the Borough, and already more developed A12 Corridor.

- Brentwood are exploring the option of a "Garden Suburb" at Dunton - this is the land east of the A128/south of the A127.  This development would be shared with Basildon, and contain 4,000 to 6,000 houses (plus employment land etc.).

- The Dunton Garden Suburb could provide a "solution" for Brentwood's high housing need.  If it does not gain sufficient support, there is an extremely high chance that many of the fields around West Horndon village will be developed.  West Horndon village as we know it would no longer exist.

- West Horndon parishiners as such need to think hard regarding whether they would be willing to accept the Garden Suburb, knowing that it could significantly reduce the level of development required around the village itself.  The industrial estates are already in the 5 year housing supply at 250 houses each, as such, some development would still be expected.  But at potentially much more managable levels.

- WHPC feel that, given the above, the Garden Suburb could provide a good solution for West Horndon and Brentwood.  It will need supporting infrastructure, and importantly an area of "buffer land" immediatley east of the A128 to ensure the development does not merge with West Horndon.

WHPC will be summarising our views at our next council meeting on Thursday (7.30pm, St. Francis Church - Christabella Wing).  In the meantime, do feel free to contact us via np@westhorndonparishcouncil.org.uk

27/01/2015: LOCAL BURGLARY

Please be aware that a further house burglary occured on Thorndon Avenue on 21/1/15.  Entry was obtained through the front door.  If you saw any suspicious activity at the time of the crime, or if you see any suspicious activity taking place in the area please call 101 or 999 if the situation is urgent.  We would urge local residents to continue to take safety precautions, locking doors and windows when you go out and watching out for your neighbours.


We have had confirmation from our County Councillor that West Horndon has been selected as one of the pilot scheme areas for Brentwood's LED street light trial.  No timings have been confirmed as yet.


The following Mayoral and civic events will be taking place in Brentwood in 2015.  For tickets or more information, contact Claire Hayden on 01277 312741/claire.hayden@brentwood.gov.uk

Mayor's Charity Quiz: Friday 30th January, Brentwood County High School (Seven Arches Road), 6.45pm for 7.00pm prompt start.  Ticket £15 including fish and chip supper.

Mayor's Charity Curry Night: Monday 16th February, The Pilgrims Korai (Ongar Road, Pilgrims Hatch), 7.30pm.  Tickets £20, with live music.

Civic Dinner and Dance: Friday 6th March, Mount Ave Banqueting Suite (Hutton), 7.15pm for dinner at 8.00pm.

St. George's Night: Friday 24th April, Bardswell Social Close (Bardswell Close), 7.30pm.  Tickets £15 including fish and chip supper and singer Diane Moore.

Mayor's End of Year Party: Saturday 16th May, Ashwells Country Club (Ashwells Road, Brentwood), 7.30pm


As highlighted by WHPC to the community in a public meeting early December, Brentwood Borough Council have launched today two consultations that are relevant to their Local Developement Plan ("LDP") and in particular, West Horndon.  Both consultations can be found on the Brentwood Borough Council planning website, linked here. It is important that as many residents read and respond to the consultations as possible. 

The consultation opens today, and closes 17th February 2015.  Both Brentwood Borough Council and WHPC will be setting up meetings with the public to discuss the consultations further, and answer any questions residents may have.  WHPC will also be discussing the consultations with our planning consultant, and can provide assistance to those residents seeking advise regarding how to respond to the consultations.  We will be providing this advise in both letter form, and in a meeting (date to be arranged).

The consultation runs for 6 weeks, as such there is no rush to respond.  We urge you to read the underlying documents, come and speak to us if you have any questions, and attend the meetings that will be set up.  We need another strong response from the community, but it also needs to be a well considered response.

Whilst meetings and guidance sheets are prepared, do feel free to send any questions to WHPC Planning Team at np@westhorndonparishcouncil.org.uk

25/11/2014: 265 BUS ROUTE

We have received confirmation that Thurrock Council have arranged a replacement service for the 265 bus route, which will operate 3 return journeys between West Horndon and Grays, commencing 1st December.  As soon as we have more detailed information, we will advise.


We are pleased to confirm that Brentwood Borough Council have approved our area application for our Neighbourhood Plan.  This is a significant first step in being able to move forwards with our Neighbourhood Plan.  We expect to consult the community as soon as possible so we can start creating a document that fully reflects our community's views on how development should look and feel within our parish.


Brentwood Borough Council have released their Memorandum of Understanding with Basildon Borough Council, relating to the exploration of development of a "garden suburb" east of the A128, south of the A127.  File can be found here.  Key principles for West Horndon Village - an appropriate range of public services for West Horndon Village to be provided in the garden suburb, additional and improved infrastructure as part of the garden suburb, garden suburb boundaries to provide a wedge of land adjoining West Horndon and preserving the open gap of Green Belt between Basildon and West Horndon that prevent coalescence.

Agreed principles for the garden suburb include high quality homes with a large percentage available for families, job opportunities through new commercial/industrial provision, supporting local shops and community facilities, provision for Gypsy and Traveller pitches, quality open space, consideration of all constraints inclyding flooding.

As previously highlighted, this is a Brentwood/Basildon initiative, with Brentwood liaising with West Horndon as appropriate.  We expect a consultation to commence shortly, and will continue to seek information and provide views to Brentwood, in order to keep West Horndon up to date and to push for the best outcome for West Horndon in this process.


West Horndon Parish Council are pleased to announce the launch of a central email address for queries/questions/comments on neighbourhood planning and development queries.  Since the release of Brentwood Borough's Local Development Plan draft last year, and the start of a Neighbourhood Plan by WHPC, we are aware there are a lot of questions you may have.  Whilst you can always email us via our individual email addresses, we have set up a central email address for queries on this topic.  Feel free to get in touch on np@westhorndonparishcouncil.org.uk 


A joint Press Release has been released by Brentwood Borough Council and Basildon Borough Council regarding exploration of the potential for residential development of land between Laindon and West Horndon.  The press release can be found here: http://www.brentwood.gov.uk/press.php?pressId=2310 

Brentwood Borough Council have been in contact with West Horndon Parish Council ("WHPC") regarding this potential development given that the area being explored would sit in WHPC's Parish.  WHPC understand that the potential to develop this land is being explored by both borough councils as part of their respective Local Development Plans ("LDPs").  As you may be aware, Brentwood's LDP is being led by Brentwood Borough Council, however given the potential impact on West Horndon, WHPC have been liaising with Brentwood Borough Council around key elements impacting the Parish.

Work is at an early stage and as soon as there is more information available, we will of course update our community.  WHPC continue to work to ensure that any development proposed for our village and wider parish provides the best possible outcome for West Horndon, noting the level of housing need assumed in Brentwood's LDP assumptions.  We will continue to liase with Brentwood Borough Council to ensure that this is acheived, and that the community is kept up to date with regards to relevant developments.

It is WHPC's understanding that Brentwood Boough Council will be consulting on potential development options later this year.  Assuming this goes ahead we will ensure this is publicised within the Parish.

As always, we encourage anyone with questions, queries or comments, to contact a member of WHPC through our contact details found here: http://westhorndonparishcouncil.org.uk/pc/index.php?id=parish-council-overview&lang=en

07/05/14: NEW WEBSITE

Welcome to the new West Horndon Parish website!  Please take some time to take a look around, and any feedback would be warmly welcomed by the Communications Group.

Where to find us:

The village of West Horndon is located in the southernmost part of the Borough of Brentwood, with most of the Parish south of the A127 and west of the A128.